What we're about

Welcome to Lambda Luminaries (http://lambda.org.za/)!

We are a bunch of Functional Programming (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functional_programming) enthusiasts in and around Gauteng.

We meet in Sandton (in West street, across from the Gautrain station), and our members are typically based in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

You don't have to be an expert to join us, you just need to be interested in what you read here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functional_programming

We get together once a month (every second Monday of the month) to discuss functional programming concepts and languages e.g. Haskell, Clojure, Scala, Erlang etc. We also like comparing these to other languages.

Our goal is to:

help foster and grow a healthy FP community.

build skills by learning from each other.

have some interesting conversations with like-minded people.

keep the fun in functional programming.

Hope to see you at our next meetup!

Some historic notes:

We started this group in August 2011 on Google Groups (https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/lambda-luminaries).

Our first physical meetup was held on Monday, September 12, 2011 at Bugatti's in Menlyn Retail Park.

Upcoming events (5+)

Functional Mob Programming

Jemstep by Invesco

Have you heard of mob programming and want to see what it's like in practice? Mob programming is something which sounds massively inefficient, but has huge potential benefits for professional programmers and hobbyists alike! For the unindoctrinated, mob programming has the following anatomy: one computer, many programmers. Why? Because it enables people to learn, solve complicated problems and produce higher quality code. So let's take two fascinating things from the land of software: 1. Functional Programming; 2. Mob Programming; and turn our meetup into a supercharged evening of learning and improvement. Here's what it takes to participate: you and, if you want, your code. We'll all sit in front of one machine and use mob programming on some pet functional programming projects to take each other to the next level while we improve our code. If you have a pet open-source project in a functional programming language that you would like us to look at and help improve, please post it in the comments below. So far we have one Haskell project as an option: https://github.com/apauley/hledger-makeitso Agenda: * 6:00pm ~ 6:30pm: drinks and snacks to keep us functional * 6:30pm: talk * 8pm: lights out

Placeholder: Putting the Fun back in Functional at Lambda Luminaries

We're meeting monthly on the second Monday of each month - provided we have volunteers to present. So send us your talk ideas. It can be anything that you are playing with that is somehow related to functional programming. Agenda: * 6:00pm ~ 6:30pm: drinks and snacks to keep us functional * 6:30pm: talk * 8pm: lights out

Placeholder: Putting the Fun back in Functional at Lambda Luminaries

We're meeting monthly on the second Monday of each month - provided we have volunteers to present. So send us your talk ideas. It can be anything that you are playing with that is somehow related to functional programming. Agenda: * 6:00pm ~ 6:30pm: drinks and snacks to keep us functional * 6:30pm: talk * 8pm: lights out

Placeholder: Putting the Fun back in Functional at Lambda Luminaries

We're meeting monthly on the second Monday of each month - provided we have volunteers to present. So send us your talk ideas. It can be anything that you are playing with that is somehow related to functional programming. Agenda: * 6:00pm ~ 6:30pm: drinks and snacks to keep us functional * 6:30pm: talk * 8pm: lights out

Past events (73)

Compiling assembly to Lisp (that sounds backwards)

Jemstep by Invesco

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